Situated in the North Eastern region of Kashmir is a small valley deep located in the high Himalayas at an altitude of about 8,000 ft above sea level, about 86 km from Bandipore and 123 km of Srinagar in northern Jammu and Kashmir. It is considered to be one of the most picturesque valleys of Kashmir and one cant believe his eyes on reaching there. Also termed as Gateway of the ancient 'Silk Route', Gurez also incorporates the famous pyramid shaped 'Habba Khatoon' peak named after the Kashmiri poetess. The valley is surrounded by snow capped mountains. It has diverse fauna and wildlife including the Himalayan Brown Bear and the Snow Leopard. The Neelum River flows through the valley.
The beautiful Kishen Ganga river flows through Gurez valley with its clear blue waters and rafting can be done here.
Best time to visit:
As the area remains cutt off from rest of the valley during winters, it opens in April-May and the best time to visit is May, June, July, August and September.
Clothes: In Summer: Light woolen advisable. In Winter: Heavy Woolen clothes.
Where to Stay:
Although the tourist related infrastructure is yet to be developed in this area, the accommodation facility is available in the main town of Dawar and the nearby villages.